like getting blood out of/from a stone

like getting blood out of a stone

BRITISH or

like getting blood out of a turnip

AMERICAN
If you say something is like getting blood out of a stone, you mean it is extremely difficult to persuade someone to give you money or information. Getting a response from Pritchard's office was like getting blood out of a stone. Note: You can also say like getting blood from a stone or like getting blood from a turnip. Getting money back from the seller is like getting blood from a stone.
See also: blood, get, like, of, out, stone

like getting blood out of (or from) a stone

extremely difficult and frustrating.
A North American variant of this expression is like getting blood out of a turnip .
See also: blood, get, like, of, out, stone

like getting ˌblood out of/from a ˈstone

extremely difficult to obtain: Getting an apology from him was like getting blood out of a stone.
See also: blood, get, like, of, out, stone
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